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Following impressive win, Red Wings host Kings

Los Angeles (13-13-6) at Detroit (21-6-4), 7:00 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- After proving their still the team to beat

in the NHL, Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings will host

the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Datsyuk scored two goals and set up two others and Marian Hossa

had a goal and an assist Thursday as the Red Wings cruised to a

6-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks, the NHL's best team.

Ty Conklin made 24 saves to post his second shutout of the

season for the Red Wings, who have won six of their last eight


Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Brad Stuart also

tallied for Detroit, which trails only San Jose in the Western

Conference standings.

"They're on top of the conference and on top of the league and

that's where we want to be, so we took this game as a little bit

of a measuring stick," Conklin said.

"Any time you play a good team and you're a good team yourself,

they help you get ready," Babcock added. "You get a good

positive effort."

The Kings are coming off a 5-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on

Friday. Los Angeles was shutout for the fifth time this season

and handed its third straight loss.

"I liked the way we approached things," Kings coach Terry Murray

said. "We hung in there with our effort, with our mental

toughness, with our puck movement, with our team play."



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